Better Houses

Better Houses

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This lively first collection from Susie Wild introduces a poet with a nomadic spirit, one that tramps humour, love and loss across the UK and the globe, trying to find a place to fit in. Better Houses Have Windows charts her moves, every six months to two years, from childhood to adult life with and wonder. In a state of constant displacement, she flits from tents and gypsy caravans to a short- lived stint at boarding school, from lodgings and house sitting to a two- floor rental she can finally call home.Here we have a half-remembered, half-made-up life of pub crawl dates and door-slam scars as she falls in and out of love and a life in boxes. On her journey, poems hunt fossils and comets, escape fires and great white sharks, consider life on other planets and the prophecies of white witches. While - in Wild's playful, take on the mundane world of removal vans, builders and letting agents - beds and language barriers are tested, areas are gentrified, lawns are mown and heart rates checked.Susie was Writer in Residence at the Mothership, Dorset (Summer 2016) and won a place on the Autumn Poetry Masterclass 2016 with Gillian Clarke and Imtiaz Dharker.
Dharker. Her poetry has recently been selected as an Ink Sweat & Tears Pick of the Month and a First Thursday performance winner (judged by Amy Wack and Cynan Jones). Events are booked from September: Penned on the Bont (20 Sept, Bridgend), Howl (21 Sept, Swansea), Cardiff Book Festival (22 Sept), First Thursday (Cardiff, October), Made in Roath 2017, Poems & Pints Carmarthen, The Wheatsheaf (London, November) and many more TBC.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 129 x 203 x 5.08mm | 90.72g
  • Cardigan, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None ed.
  • 1912109662
  • 9781912109661

About Susie Wild

Susie Wild is the author of the Edge Hill Prize long-listed story collection e Art of Contraception and the ebook novella Arrivals (Parthian 2010, 2011). She has performed her poetry in dives and dance halls since 2006 including Green Man, e Laugharne Weekend, e Dylan Weekend, Pili Pala, Dinefwr, Birmingham Literature Festival, Glastonbury, Hay Festival and Hay Poetry Jamboree. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Swansea University and an MA in Journalism from Goldsmiths.Her poetry and fiction has been published in magazines, anthologies and even on cake including the Lonely Crowd, Wales Arts Review, Ink Sweat & Tears, e Lampeter Review, Rising and Poetry Digest. She was commissioned, in collaboration with artist Beth Greenhalgh, to create a new multi- media piece 'Sex Change Disco' performed at Made in Roath and Cardi Contemporary 2016.Born in London, she lives in a house with windows in Cardiff , sharing it with a German prop maker and their Welsh cat.
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